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The dark tales of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp – Part III – Final

<< The last part of ‘The dark tales of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp’

Entering through the gate in Sachsenhausen

Visiting the Sachsenhausen concentration camp was an extraordinary experience. Stepping through the main gates of Tower A with the cynical inscription ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’, which meant ‘Work Liberates’, it was hard to believe that this now peaceful sanctuary was once a horrifying place for over 200,000 prisoners and the terminating point for over 30,000 people.

To discover the true extent of the cruelty of humanity, my next stop would be to Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau, the horrific extermination camp. This depressing ghastly camp terminated the lives of over 1.1 million people.

American novelist, Ayn Rand once wrote,

“Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it’s up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.”

Food-for-thought: Were the ones responsible for this monstrosity truly evil with rational minds or were they so deluded into their warped sense of morality and justice that they were incapable of rational reasoning? Were humans born with a clean slate, or were they born with sins of the past? Why do philosophers keep asking these questions? Do these questions hold any significance to how we should dictate our lives?

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